Whole School Approach to Good Mental Health
A mentally healthy school is one that adopts a whole-school approach to mental health and wellbeing. It is a school that helps children flourish, learn and succeed, by providing opportunities for them and the adults around them, to develop the strengths and coping skills that underpin resilience. A mentally healthy school sees positive mental health and wellbeing as fundamental to its values, mission and culture. It is a school where child, staff and parent/carer mental health and wellbeing is seen as ‘everybody’s business’.
A whole-school approach involves a shared ethos and commitment from the entire school, including governors, senior leaders, all school staff, as well as parents, carers and the wider community. Check out the Well Schools movement for further ideas and support.